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Today's News

  • Why does it take so long for my dog to ‘go?’

     Recently, a pet owner asked me a somewhat sensitive question. Lately, her middle-aged Labradoodle had been taking longer to “go” than normal. Because this was over the Internet and I can’t diagnose on my smartphone, I told her to seek veterinary help quickly. For everyone else, I thought I’d share some of the common reasons that may cause your pooch to experience prolonged pooping.

     

    Intestinal parasites

  • At life's airport arrivals and departures are at the same gate

      Maybe it’s the season of nearly summer with spring still bearing signs of winter’s chill that is affecting me. Maybe it’s the lingering last days of my college pal suffering with cancer’s invasion on multiple fronts. Maybe it’s the slowly leaking drip of departures opening tears and tears in my circle of friends. I am not sure of the cause, but I am feeling the pain of the effect. There is a heart heaviness I cannot shake.

  • When your partner’s annoying habits get on your nerves

    By Linda Arnold  

      “Happily. Even. After.  It’s the new “happily ever after.”)

    Why don’t you put things back where they belong? Do you have to have every light on? Why is the TV so loud?

    Sound familiar? If resentment is hijacking your relationship, it could be a wakeup call.

    Maybe you’re frustrated and feel like your partner has changed his or her personality. Can you ever regain the magic?

     

    Where’s the spark?

  • What is this mystery plant?

        By John Nelson

    “The Queen is the only person who can put on a tiara with one hand, while walking down stairs,” attributed to Princess Margaret.

    Sometimes when you go into a forest, you see flowers. Sometimes you see snakes. Sometimes you see both, if you’re lucky.

  • Local produce farms have strawberries ready for pickin’

        Strawberries typically peak during May in the South and in June and July in the North. Local farmers markets in our area now have strawberries ripe for the pickin’.

    If you like to pick your own, be sure to take a couple of plastic buckets with you to load up on the local favorites. My wife and I used to indulge in picking are own strawberries at Holden Brothers Farm Market. In recent years, though, I leave the pickin’ to the younger folks.

     

    Picking strawberries

  • AG shares top consumer complaints for year 2015

    Complaints about telemarketing fraud, unwanted sales calls and lending lead the list of consumer complaints to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced in a news release issued last week.

    “Learning about common sources of consumer complaints can help you avoid pitfalls and save money,” Cooper said in a news release. “My office is here to help North Carolina consumers when you need us, but we’d rather prevent these problems from happening in the first place.”

  • Ratcliffes celebrate 50th anniversary

     

    Howard and Kazuko “Kaz” Ratcliffe of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 2. They were married at All Souls Anglican Church in Okinawa (Japan) by the presiding Bishop of Okinawa.

  • Cumbee competes in pageant

     Three-year-old Elizabeth Cumbee, daughter of Billy and Kassie Cumbee of Leland, competed in the N.C. State Miss United States Agriculture Pageant on April 9 in Fayetteville. She won divisional awards for Most Photogenic and Best Sportswear competition themed Red, White and Beautiful. She was also awarded runner-up for the state title but will continue to re-install as Tiny Miss Brunswick County Miss United States Agriculture.

  • Child abuse prevention is still as important as ever

    Nearly five children in the United States die every day as a result of child abuse, according to Childhelp, a national organization dedicated to child abuse prevention. Childhelp’s position, and ours, is any number is too many.

    Brunswick County has not escaped this terrible problem. Just two months ago, a Leland man was charged in an updated indictment related to the death of a 15-month-old boy he is accused of killing last year.

  • Expressions of sympathy ease grief

    You know, I really believed our friend Sarah Sue Ingram would beat the cancer she had.

    Instead, it took her from us last month, barely more than 24 hours after I bought a new batch of silly greeting cards for us to sign and send to her, as she requested after she told us she was sick. It wasn’t much, but it was all she asked of us beyond our prayers and kind thoughts.